San Fernando Valley Business Journal


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Sparking Growth

Focus On Manufacturing

Billionaire Takes Superior for Ride

Investments: Mario Gabelli seeks voice at wheelmaker.

Investments: Factory executives face off against Wall Street financiers in Superior Industries’ proxy battle.

Industrial Park Blooms in Valley

Real Estate: Developer about to break ground in Chatsworth.

Real Estate: One developer thinks the Valley market is ripe for new industrial projects.

Residents Sour On Sunkist Plan

Development: Big plans for the former Sunkist headquarters may get squeezed down by neighborhood groups.

Westlake Village Center Hits the Bullseye

Retail: Target, other stores tone down logos at Shoppes outdoor mall.

Retail: Shoppes at Westlake Village brings Santa Barbara style to the Conejo Valley.

Horror Firm Unfazed by ‘Shark Tank’

Sherman Oaks outfit scores show’s biggest- ever investment.

Entertainment: Spooky-attraction production house scares up $2 million on “Shark Tank.”

Getting a Startup Started Up

Business-plan event in Burbank attracts eager entrepreneurs.

Events: Would-be entrepreneurs aired their ideas at Startup Weekend.

Solar Car Wraps Up Victory

Winning team makes use of slick covering by Avery Dennison.

Innovation: Solar-powered car gets the aerodynamic treatment from Avery Dennison.

The Numbers

The Numbers: Oil is the highest-paying manufacturing sector in L.A. County.

True Conversions

Transportation: Ron Weaver and his staff at Automotive Design and Fabrication turn heads transforming plain Sprinter vans.

Transportation: Ron Weaver performs high-end remodels on Sprinter Vans.

Plant and Shift Closures Hit Valley Manufacturers

Employment: Up to 600 workers could lose jobs at St. Jude and Nestle USA.

Employment: Nestle and St. Jude Medical announce layoffs at local manufacturing plants.

Amgen in Talks to Sell Buildings After Layoffs

Real estate: Biotech leaders say bigger firms may fit on headquarters campus.

Real Estate: As Amgen downsizes, what will happen with its Thousand Oaks campus?

New Table Etiquette: Snap While You Eat Please

Retail & Hospitality: Applebee’s asks diners to post their own pics on firm’s Instagram.

Applebee’s International Inc. is letting its customers get behind the camera and be the sole source of photos to its Instagram account for the next year.

Burbank Attorneys Drop Unusual Union Bid

Law: City legal staff had tried to organize after dissatisfaction over pay.

An 18-month campaign to unionize lawyers at the Burbank City Attorney’s Office came to an end last month as the group announced it would disband.

Late Bloomer

Bill Watkins went back to school in his 40s to earn his Ph.D and now leads Cal Lutheran’s economic forecast – when he’s not playing blues or climbing rocks.

Q&A: Cal Lutheran Professor Bill Watkins left banking to become an economic forecaster.

Getting Productive

A manufacturing rebound has helped the recovery despite little job growth. One answer to the riddle can be found in new technologies boosting shop-floor efficiency.

Productivity: Sophisticated machines and few workers is the new business model for manufacturing.

Natel Takes Hands-Off Approach to Assembly

Defense: Natal EMS has built a hands-free assembly line to produce microscopically small parts.

Old Shop, New Tricks

Aviation: Frazier Aviation uses state-of-the-art technology to machine new parts for old airplanes.

Company Adds Layers and Layers of Complexity

Technology: At Solid Concepts, 3-D printing only makes sense when making big-dollar items.

Double-Chin Drug Company Doubling – Offices

Real Estate: Kythera moves from Calabasas to larger space in Westlake Village.

As Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. waits on the Food and Drug Administration to make a decision on its new drug to eliminate chin fat, the biotech is expanding its office footprint.

around the valleys

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley

A coalition formed to bring light rail projects to the San Fernando Valley has added a significant number of members.


Market Watch Summary

The seasonal wave of earnings reports and tensions in the Ukraine and Middle East contributed to a drop in the stock market during the two-week period ended Aug. 6.


Calendar of Events

Who Will Do the Heavy Lifting?

Editor: Nobody wants to make stuff anymore.

Waging a Manufacturing Campaign

Trade group seeks to reverse trend that has seen state regain only a fraction of jobs lost since recession.

OP-ED: Let’s boost California manufacturing